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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Emil Rade   16 February 1877

Feb 16th 1877


Your magnificent album has just arrived, and I cannot find words to express my feeling of deep gratification at this extraordinary honour.1 I hope that you will inform the one hundred & fifty-four men of science including some of the most highly honoured names in the world, how grateful I am for their kindness & generous sympathy in having sent me their photographs on my birthday. This ever memorable testimonial will stimulate me to renewed exertion as long as I am capable of any work, & on my death it will be a most precious bequest to my children. The honour which you have conferred on me is quite beyond my deserts, for I know well that nearly all my work is based on materials collected by many distinguished observers. Allow me further to thank you warmly for the enclosed letters & the poetry, all so highly grat to me.2

I have expressed my feelings quite inadequately & shall ever remain, | Sir | Your obliged & grateful servant | C. R. Darwin

CD note:

Big Album 139


Rade sent additional photographs and poems (letter from Emil Rade, [before 16] February 1877 and n. 5). For a transcription and translation of the poems, see Appendix VI.


Thanks for the honour conferred upon him [see 10826]; it is quite beyond his deserts.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Emil Rade
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Source of text
DAR 202: 78
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10849,” accessed on 16 April 2021,